Almost 332,000 people living in the UK will needlessly lose their lives to bowel cancer between now and 2035 unless urgent action is taken to fill critical research gaps, according to a new report from Bowel Cancer UK published in the journal GUT.

The report – Finding the Key to the Cures: a plan to end bowel cancer by 2050 – highlighted that bowel cancer is a preventable, treatable and curable disease and that early diagnosis is critical to improving survival rates. 

Deborah Alsina MBE, chief executive of Bowel Cancer UK, said: “By 2028 we want to see the number of people surviving for at least five years to increase from 60 per cent to 75 per cent, this means thousands more people surviving bowel cancer each year. This will take us one step closer to our long-term goal, that by 2050 no one dies of bowel cancer.”

 

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